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Bennet, Pride Before the Fall

Anyta Sunday is a popular author of m/m romances, but I haven’t read anything of hers so far, and I decided to dip my toe into the water with Bennet, Pride Before the Fall, book three in her Love, Austen series.  As you’ll probably glean from those titles, the series comprises queer re-workings ...

B
No More Mr. Nice Guy

Mack Kennedy is a nice guy; a gentle giant of a veterinarian who has been a critical emotional support for his widowed sister Sal. Josie Butler, who rooms with the two, never considered him for the list of post-breakup naughty sex she’d like to have. But when Mack sees her list, it brings out a ne ...

C+
Just Last Night

Just Last Night isn’t my favorite Mhairi McFarlane read; the background characters feel ill-sketched, and the leads a bit unlikable, though very human. And even though the central tragedy is compelling, the mourning process so real, the book as a whole isn’t quite engaging enough to earn a recom ...

B
Hairpin Bridge

Taylor Adams’ 2020 release No Exit was easily one of my favorite thrillers of last year, so when I found out he had a new book release for 2021, I jumped at the chance to review it. Hairpin Bridge has the same mesmerizing mix of non-stop action and high stakes drama that No Exit had but a few thin ...

B
Incense and Sensibility

Sonali Dev delivers a charming, poignant love story in this third offering in her Raje Family Austen-inspired series. You do not have to read the others to enjoy Incense and Sensibility. Yash Raje, California’s first Indian-American gubernatorial candidate, has always looked at his privilege as ...

C
Shoulder Season

Shoulder Season is that time in resort towns that wind up towards and then extends from late summer through Labor Day, before the tourists leave and life in the towns return to normal.  Christina Clancy’s vision of life in the waning days of the Playboy Club system is hampered by an unbelievably ...

B+
A Man With a Past

Mary Connealy is known for books filled with cowboys and humor. The synopsis for A Man With a Past promised the story of a man who had lost his memory, and I’m all about a good amnesia story. However, the beginning lags because the memory loss happens much later in the story than readers might exp ...

B
Out of Character

Annabeth Albert’s  Out of Character, the follow up to last year’s Conventionally Yours, features two guys who were firm friends until high-school, when expectations and peer pressure ended their friendship.  It’s a cute, (former) friends-to-lovers romance featuring two likeable characters wh ...

C+
West End Earl

West End Earl starts out as a charming romance that develops from a strong friendship between two equals.  But the book gets overburdened by dramatic twists and ideas in the second half, making the reader groan at some of the belabored choices made by the author; and although the romance is worthwh ...

B-
The Marquess Next Door

I want to tell you I loved this middle novel in The Talk of the Beau Monde series, I really do.  Unfortunately, after an excellent start, the story loses focus.  The author introduces two lovely principal characters - he’s often mistaken for a pirate; she’s a buxom redhead with a sharp mind a ...